I'm not sure what a petition would acomplish... They may just get mad a try harder to squeeze all the hobbyists out. And I was try to make point that unless your pocket is bottomless you don't have as many
often updated and well supported spftware titles to choose from. A|W has some stuff that is under $1000, but not much.
Yes, there is quite a bit of stuff for IRIX if you have the money... If you have the money...
I am also not saying there is nothing else out there for free or in a reasonable hobbyists budget, just not as much as there used to be. Of course, with the new purchase price tags, one can see why they would charege so much for a single license. The software companies are in this mind set, "If the these guys are getting 14 machines that cost $30,000 each, then 10% of the cost of the machine for each lisence is reasonable..."
Maybe I was making it all that clear about what I was meaning previously, sometimes my sarcasm is really subtle.